The Aperol Spritz has gained a lot of popularity in the past few years but have you heard of the classic cocktail the Americano? Similar to an Aperol Spritz it is a low ABV cocktail that’s perfect for sipping before dinner on a hot summer day. It’s light and bubbly and easy to make with just three ingredients.
Campari vs. Aperol – what’s the difference?
Campari and Aperol are both Italian apéritifs that are similar in color and flavor with some differences. Campari is somewhat more bitter in flavor while Aperol is sweeter. Aperol is also lower in alcohol content. So if you prefer an even lower ABV cocktail, or sweeter, then you can substitute Aperol for Campari.
What is Vermouth?
Vermouth is a fortified wine that is infused with herbs and spices. There are different types of vermouths such as dry or sweet and also many varieties made with flavors such as citrus or floral flavors. This recipe calls for a sweet vermouth which can easily be found in any liquor store or bar. Remember that vermouth must be refrigerated once opened and only lasts about 1-3 months.
This cocktail could really be made with any similar Italian apéritif such as Aperol. The flavor may vary slightly but it will likely still be just as refreshing.
Club soda, soda water, seltzer. Whatever you call it, any bubbly water will do. You can also try this one with tonic water if you prefer which may also make it a little sweeter.
Don’t have an orange peel? That won’t make or break this recipe so if you don’t have any available you can skip it. You can also try another citrus fruit peel such as lemon if that’s what you have at home.
- 1.5 oz Campari
- 1.5 oz sweet vermouth
- Club soda
- Orange peel
- Add Campari and sweet vermouth to a highball glass with ice.
- Top with the club soda and stir.
- Garnish with orange peel.